In a recent interview with Bass Musician Magazine, Megadeth bass guitarist David Ellefson remembered his first time hearing Metallica record -No Life ‘Til Leather Demo EP- in 1982.
Here’s the story:
“Greg Handevidt [the original second guitarist of Megadeth, who was only briefly in the band in 1983 with drummer Dijon Carruthers], he was the other guy who was vital to the formation of Megadeth. He was there in our earliest days.
I remember after Greg and I met Dave Mustaine, who lived in the apartment above us, we went downstairs and that night, Greg goes, ‘Dude, we’ve got to go play with that guy.’ We loved his music – he had something of a whole other level that was going on in LA…
What Dave was doing and this band that he had just left, that we had not heard of yet, called Metallica, Dave was playing for me and Greg the ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ demo that he had played on.
There was an aggression, a darkness about it that was just hauntingly cool. It felt like something you shouldn’t be doing, which is why we wanted to do it – especially being from Jackson, MI.”
You can watch the entire interview from below.